Police blitz to catch drivers who put public at risk
A FEW extra beers over the festive period may seem like a good idea, but Clarence Valley Police is urging the community to go easy on the alcohol to avoid spoiling it for others.
Grafton Police Inspector Murray Gillett said this time of year was notorious for alcohol-related crimes, and people needed to keep their wits about them.
"Be very careful because there is an extreme increase of alcohol consumption over the Christmas and New Year period," Insp Gillett said.
"Drink with constraint and bear in mind that others are trying to enjoy the festive season too."
With increased traffic on Valley roads, motorists are reminded to drive carefully.
"Plan your trips, be patient, watch out for fatigue and please be mindful of everyone else on the road," Insp Gillett said.
An extra 10 or so police vehicles are headed to the region this week plus a band of officers on bicycles patrolling the streets.
"This will roll over until New Year's as we have a lot of traffic operations on," Insp Gillett said.
Motorists doing the wrong thing will also be hit with double demerits over the holiday period.